Kenneth Lockhart kicked a 37-yard field goal with seconds remaining in the game to lift Bradwell Institute to a 10-7 win over Long County on Homecoming night in Hinesville.
Lockhart’s field goal was the only scoring in the second half after a defensive battle.
The Blue Tide jumped out to a 7-0 first quarter lead on E.J. Crawford’s 6-yard scoring run, but before the quarter was over BI answered on Kevin Harris’ 3-yard TD carry, and Lockhart tied the game with the extra point.
Neither team found the scoreboard again until Lockhart’s winning kick as time ran out.
Harris finished with 202 yards and the touchdown on 32 carries, and has more than 1,050 yards rushing to help Bradwell off to its best start since 2004, when the Tigers won nine in a row to open the season.
The Blue Tide have now lost four straight, the last two by a combined six points.
Bradwell finished with 285 total yards while holding Long County to just 127 yards. Crawford finished with 47 yards on 20 carries, while Christian Bass had four carries for 54 yards.
Bradwell quarterback Vencent Gilbert completed 10 of 18 passes for 86 yards and threw an interception.
The winless Blue Tide turned the ball over four times against Bradwell.,
Tigers’ defensive end Willie Milner had 15 tackles, three for losses, to lead the Bradwell defense.
Bradwell Institute plays at Lakeside-Evans (0-4) next Friday night in Augusta.
The Blue Tide play host to New Hampstead (2-2) in Ludowici next Friday.
Panthers edge Phoenix
Liberty County evened its record at 2-2 with a 14-13 win over New Hampstead in Pooler on Friday night.
Panthers’ junior running back Kris Coleman ran for 101 yards on 19 carries. Sophomore quarterback Dionte Bowens threw for 128 yards and a touchdown on 4 of 7 passing. Three of those catches and the touchdown went to Jaleel Gilbert.
The Panthers trailed 13-7 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Panthers play host to Effingham County (2-3) from Region 2-AAAAAA next Friday.
— Staff reports